BEHOLDERS EYE (4.5) is the impressive second book from rising star Julie Czerneda. A galaxy-travelling shapechanger studying a new civilization becomes the reluctant ally of a human first-contact specialist when they meet in the dungeons of a local warlord. But can this unusual being help his fellow prisoner without revealing his true nature? Ms. Czerneda creates a variety of richly shaded characters and brings subtle insight into the nature of true friendship.

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer